Our story - how u-Smell-it started

Our Story

Easy, fast, inexpensive test at anywhere, everyday.


Our story started from here…, In March 2020 Professor Toomre saw COVID-19 ravaging the world and there were not enough tests.  There were hints that infected people might have something in common– olfactory dysfunction, in other words “loss of smell”.  As a scientist, Professor Toomre had the question:  How to develop a real quantitative test for olfactory dysfunction?  Something easy, fast and inexpensive test that everyone could take it anywhere, every day.

With the help of his business partners, they developed the device, smartphone applications, real-time spatial mapping of the pandemic and filed multiple global patents.

With the help of private equity partners, world-wide raw material sourcing and manufacturing has been established. Partner companies are the largest in the industry, with a global manufacturing capacity to produce several billion tests every day. u-Smell-it has the capability to manufacture immediately 50 million smell tests for olfactory dysfunction by far surpassing the manufacturing capability of any test available in the market today.

Currently, u-Smell-it has 5 multinational clinical studies ( including Yale) with one completed. u-Smell-it is diligent and rigorous in ensuring maximum quality across diverse testing conditions. Application for Emergency Use Authorization with FDA was submitted in October 2020.

Validation comes from the science.

Dr. Derek Toomre

Founder & Inventor

Derek is a Yale Professor who believes in coming up with new solutions to complex problems. He has won numerous grants and scientific competitions.